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How many times have you seen baby Jesus in a manger visited by (3?) wise men or more accurately, the magi, (who were very competent observational astronomers most likely,) because remember, astrology was clearly condemned by God in Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:19). how many times & places have you seen this scene?

Turn your Bible to Mathew chapter 2 & discover the TRUTH! Firstly, the magi came to visit Jesus after he was born & they visited him not in a manger but in a house! Yes, look it up! Not a stable but a house! New International Version Mathew chapter 2 verse 11
On coming to the HOUSE, they saw THE CHILD or the young child ( no mention of baby that I can see) with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Furthermore, it doesn’t say how many men visited Jesus, so, 3 could be quite inaccurate!

So, why are we seeing these men standing  in a stable, visiting baby Jesus? Is it important? What did Jesus mean when he said to the woman at the well that God’s people would worship Him in spirit  & truth? Does it matter? Was Jesus serious about this? “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” — John 4:24

Interesting, isn’t it!

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Burdened by what we’re born into

 

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I was born into my mother’s religion. It was suffocating & restrictive. I believed it to be the truth & never questioned it until I turned 47. It was at that age that I began the glorious journey to search for God without the influence of my former religion. Seeking the presence of God, without religion in the way, has been liberating.

Now, at 53, I don’t go to church. I’m not religious. I’m spiritual. I simply seek God. Scripture says that God is not far off from anyone of us, all we need to do is seek Him.

Church is a building. The body of Christ is not a building, I believe it’s made up of people who are seeking God, His presence, trying to worship Him in Spirit & Truth. Following His son. It’s not a complicated thing to do, it involves talking to God as  a friend, pouring your heart out to Him and walking with Him, allowing Him to guide you, reading His word the Bible. It doesn’t involve rules. & when you have found His presence, you know because there is joy &, His joy is your strength.

I never found  a lot  of joy in church. But there is joy in getting to know God. I say getting to know God & feeling deeply about Him takes time, it’s a relationship &, like any relationship it needs to develop. I  am not one of those people who runs around chanting I love God! I’m still getting to know Him. But when I do say I love Him, I will mean it.

There is freedom in finding God &, that’s how you know you’ve found Him.

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Freedom from what?

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I love butterflies! They are such cheery, beautiful little creatures & when I watch them flutter & dance, twirling here & there from flower to flower, free & happy! I never cease to feel inspired by them.

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Jesus said something wonderful, he said, in John 8 verse 32: ‘ You will KNOW the TRUTH & the TRUTH will set you free.’  Like the butterfly, truth would not be a burden to us but rather something that would unburden us, make us travel light on life’s journey & feel happy too, happy travellers!

But free from what? What did Jesus mean? Are we then free to do whatever we please? Insist on our rights? No. Have you ever known anyone who has done just as they pleased? if so, do they look happy to you? So, what did Jesus mean? What freedom can be gained by knowing the TRUTH?

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First of all, what IS truth? Jesus said that he was truth. So, then, truth is connected with becoming a spiritual person, & happiness is born from that. The way Jesus lived his life while on earth gave us the ultimate example of someone who walked his journey through life through the good, bad & the ugly & sought His Father’s presence, The Lord’s prayer comes to mind, doesn’t it? ‘ Our Father ‘ a dad we can call ours, someone we can chat to without fear, & someone just like a dad who sorts through our problems, bringing relief to our hearts, I can feel my butterfly wings fluttering already! ‘Let your name be sanctified’ we can be proud to call him OUR FATHER; & again, relief to know that He has a plan for our future, a promised Kingdom or Government that will be in His loving, tender control; His will of love, peace & joy to come upon the earth just like it surely is up there in Heaven, knowing too, that we can be assured that He will provide for us if we seek His presence & that if we forgive others and unburden ourselves from bitterness & a vengeful spirit, His forgiveness will wipe away those ugly smudges that rob us of confidence & good will towards others; in temptation we have a friend who will clear our heart path so we won’t mess up our lives bringing distrust & pain upon our families. All of that light, happy freedom found in Mathew 6 verses 9 to 13.

Seek God and His presence and travel light x

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Does religion lead to a relationship with God?

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It’s something I’ve been pondering a lot lately. Why? Well, like many other people, I was raised in a religion &, after leaving it, I visited many churches & I must say, I met a lot of very nice people, I formed strong bonds with them & made some really special memories with them & continue to do so, however, last year I stopped going to church. I certainly shocked myself as I never thought I’d actually ever stop attending church. I found church wanting. I never found God’s presence wanting. I said goodbye to religion but not to my relationship with God.

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What made me decide to leave church? What was the real clincher? You know, I started to think heavily on Jesus words, 3 statements he made that clearly made sense to me & stirred my heart. Jesus said: ‘ I AM the WAY, the TRUTH & the LIFE;’ ( John 14 verse 6) so, why am I searching for truth in religion instead of Jesus? Why am I searching for a way to serve God in the religions of this world when Jesus said that he is the way? Where can I get life? Not in a building but by seeking God’s presence and believing in His son’s ransom sacrifice which opened the way for us sinners to have life eternal. You see, I get lost in a church and found in Christ. I wonder what I’m nodding to & agreeing with in a church, when Jesus said that the Father is looking for such ones who will worship Him in Spirit & Truth. ( John 4 verse 24)

How do I worship God in Spirit & Truth? I believe it also means to seek God’s presence & to seek God’s truth through prayer & His word, the only living book on the planet.

I still don’t know what I think about the church system as a whole as yet, but I do remember someone saying to me that she thinks corporate worship is important & all I could think was… I don’t like corporate anything.

The command in Hebrews chapter 10 verse 24 & 25 is ‘ Not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together.’ I agree. but I believe strongly in Jesus words that ‘ Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, so too, AM I.’ If I’m eating a meal with Christian friends I’m serving God &, you know when you have FOUND God because there is JOY.

So, I’m walking this journey right now & the amazing thing is that it doesn’t feel wrong. Will I go to church again? I’ll wait & see where God leads me, IF, He leads me THERE.

I do know that Jesus invites us to accept him as our Lord & Saviour, we can pour out our heart to him & he won’t condemn us because God is GREATER than our hearts ( that might condemn us) GREATER than peoples tongues &, HE KNOWS ALL THINGS. In short. He’s got the facts! Now, isn’t that wonderful! &, even if the facts point at YOU, He can gently take your finger & kiss away all that ugliness in an instant.

 

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